nep-ipr New Economics Papers
on Intellectual Property Rights
Issue of 2017‒04‒02
three papers chosen by
Giovanni Ramello
Università degli Studi del Piemonte Orientale “Amedeo Avogadro”

  1. PUBLIC R&D SUPPORT IN ITALY. EVIDENCE FROM A NEW FIRM-LEVEL PATENT DATA SET By Francesco Aiello; Giuseppe Albanese; Paolo Piselli
  2. Ethnic Inventors: A Critical Survey of the Contribution of People of Middle Eastern Ethnic Backgrounds to the US Innovation System By Mahroum, Sami; Zahradnik, Georg; Dachs, Bernhard
  3. : Innovation of renewable energy generation technologies at a regional level in China:A study based on patent data analysis By Nan Yu

  1. By: Francesco Aiello; Giuseppe Albanese; Paolo Piselli (Dipartimento di Economia, Statistica e Finanza "Giovanni Anania" - DESF, Università della Calabria)
    Abstract: This paper evaluates the impact of R&D public support on the innovation activities of a sample of Italian SMEs. Unlike most of the literature, the analysis focuses more deeply on the innovation output than on the innovation input. The innovation output is measured through patent data. By using a new data set obtained by combining information from EPO records and the Capitalia data set on Italian corporations, we find that publicly supported firms have similar patenting activity to other R&D performers, regardless of the type of policy tool used to foster innovation. However, as far as patenting is concerned, supported SMEs face higher R&D spending than others.
    Keywords: Patents, R&D policy support, SMEs
    JEL: O31 O38 L1 C21
    Date: 2017–03
  2. By: Mahroum, Sami; Zahradnik, Georg; Dachs, Bernhard
    Abstract: While the contributions of immigrants from Chinese, Indian and Latin American backgrounds to the US innovation system have been well documented, little exists on the contribution of people from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) to the US innovation system. This paper provides a critical survey of the extent people from the MENA region contribute to the US innovation system. Matching 2,500 MENA specific first names with patent documents from the World International Property Organization (WIPO), we provide evidence of the role this community plays in the US innovation system. We find that the share of inventors in total inventive activity with a MENA background has increased considerably in the last 20 years. They concentrate in California and tend to specialize in computers, communication and software, as well as in medical and veterinary sciences. They are also active in technology areas that are core competencies for their employers.
    Keywords: immigration; innovation; Middle East; Arab; patents
    JEL: F22 J6 J61 O30 O32
    Date: 2017–03
  3. By: Nan Yu (Europäisches Institut für Internationale Wirtschaftsbeziehungen (EIIW))
    Abstract: This paper is a pioneer study which examines the innovation of renewable energy generation technologies based on residential patent applications in 30 regions of China between 2006 and 2015. Wind power, solar energy, geothermal energy, ocean energy, hydro power, and biomass & waste energy are the subject technologies for this analysis. Different indicators such as absolute numbers, growth rates and revealed technology advantages are used to measure the various green innovation dynamics in different regions. The results show that some regions with a higher number of patent applications or growth rates did not show stronger technological advantage (specialization) in such technologies. On the other hand, the region of Inner Mongolia shows a very strong specialization but with a much smaller number of patent applications.
    Keywords: renewable energy generation technologies, patent applications, innovation indicators, revealed technology advantage, Chinese regions
    JEL: O3 O31 O34 Q2 Q4 R11
    Date: 2016–12

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